IMAGE : ANI
Home Minister introduced the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2022 in Rajya Sabha and slammed the Delhi Government for giving a step-motherly treatment to the three MCDs. He said, ignoring MCDs hampers the performance of the Panchayati Raj and urban local bodies too. The Bill passed in the Lok Sabha on March 30, seeks amendment to the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957, thus unifying all the three Municipal Corporations into one.
Delhi Govt's step-motherly behaviour hinders efficient working of all 3 MCDs...If State/UT Govts behave in a step-motherly fashion with civic bodies, neither Panchayati Raj nor urban local bodies will be successful: HM on Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2022 in RS pic.twitter.com/1jstXa6QQy— ANI (@ANI) April 5, 2022
Shah elaborating on the consequences of the ignorant attitude towards the MCDs stated, it resulted in over 250 events of employee strikes for salary and other issues in the 10 year period 2012 - 2022.
Amit Shah, while explaining the objectives of the unification of the three MCDs during the discussion in Lok Sabha, said it will lead to appropriate allocation of resources coupled with a synergistic and co-operative working for mutual good. The Bill has amendments related to running the Corporation with transparency and vigil. There is also a proposal to reduce the number of corporators from 272 to 250.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah while discussing the probable reason behind the division of the Municipal Corporations, stated, "It seems that it was a random decision to create three Municipal Corporations although there is no evidence to prove that this could have been done for political reasons." Speaking about the faulty working of the three MCDs, the Union Minister said, "On the basis of the study of the working of the three Municipal Corporations, it has been found that there is no synergy between the three in policy-making. Every decision making body in the respective corporations have the independence to run the affairs and thus they are working on separate agendas."
Moreover, the resource and responsibility allocation in the three Municipal Corporations was done without any serious thought. "There was complete lack of right estimation about the revenue and liabilities between corporations, resulting in any of the corporations having a surplus and the rest two would run in losses. This would naturally pose a challenge to fresh legislators", said Shah.
Amit Shah said that elections of MCD will happen in future. Elaborating on the process, he said, post the completion of the panchayat elections, the delimitation process would commence, and after that, MCD elections would be announced.
IMAGE : ANI